What are Sponsored & Affiliate Programs?

USD Sponsored and Affiliate programs are offered through third-party (non-USD) program providers. These program providers provide extensive on-site support; including airport pick-up, course registration, housing placement and cultural excursions, among other things. On Sponsored and Affiliate programs, you do not pay USD tuition or fees, but instead pay a program fee directly to the program provider. USD chooses to partner with these program providers based upon reputation, academic quality, excellent student support services and fitness with our students' needs.

What is the Difference between a Sponsored and Affiliate Program?

There is no difference between these programs in practice. The only difference between Sponsored and Affiliate programs is how you can use your USD financial aid and scholarships toward the cost of the program. 

Sponsored Programs - you may use all regular federal financial aid AND many USD scholarships, including Mickelson, Presidential Alumni, Ullyot, Coyote Commitment and SD Opportunity.

Affiliate Programs - you may use all regular federal financial aid, but you may not use USD scholarships.

Why Choose a Sponsored or Affiliate Program?

Our sponsored and affiliate programs offer you a wider range of program options and locations than USD Direct Programs. This intends to not only give you more choice, but also to give you more flexibility in finding a program that best suits your academic, financial and personal needs.

View USD Sponsored Programs

View USD Affiliate Programs

How Do I Know Which Program is Right for Me?

Finding the right Sponsored or Affiliate program can be a difficult task given the amount of choices. The Global Learning staff are here to help you through this process, but here are some general tips to help you along the way:

  1. Searching for programs: all of USD Sponsored Programs are listed under Featured Programs in the search engine, while all other (Affiliate) programs are found by using either the Simple Search or Advanced Search functions. A yellow star next to a program name means it's either a USD Direct or USD Sponsored program.
  2. Stick to the Sponsored list: since these programs are used most often by USD students, many of the courses already have 'pre-determined' equivalencies at USD which makes selecting courses and knowing how they count at USD a much easier process for you.
  3. Look beyond the provider's website: while the websites for each of the providers contain very helpful and insightful information, they sometimes all sound great, which makes it difficult to decide. If you're deciding between two different cities - look up information about those places to see if they sound like location you actually want to live in. If you're deciding based on cost - compare what is and is not included, paying attention to the number of meals per week provided, how many excursions are included and where they go, how many credits you will bring back to USD, etc. Reading a local newspaper, listening to a local radio station over the internet, or looking at the city's layout in Google maps all help give you a sense of what it will be like to live in that place.
  4. Talk to your peers: your peers can be the most helpful resources you have! Global Learning has the ability to put you in touch with people who might have studied on the same program you're looking at, or in the same location. They can give you feedback and insight and answer questions from a student perspective.
  5. Start early - the sooner you begin researching and deciding on a program, the sooner you can start the application process and the sooner you'll be done! You should plan on giving yourself two months to research, decide and apply to a program. Also, you will need to complete the application from the program provider, in addition to the Global Learning application; so you'll need some additional time to make sure you can complete all the material by the deadlines.

See Featured Programs to begin your research and to select your program.